Among items on the November ballot will be a variety
of school referedums.
But as school needs continue to grow and budgets continue
experts say those referendums will become more common.
News eight's Eric Jacobson joins us now to explain.
One of the schools districts looknig for additional
money is our area is Melrose-Mindoro.
They are asking for about 24-million-dollars to build
a 'consolidated campus'.
as well as improvements to the existing high school.
But experts say schools will
continue to ask for referendums
more frequently in the future.
And tightening state budgets are a big reason why.
Our buildings look great, but at the same time, the
infrastructure is aging.
With buildings dating back to the 1950s and 60s.
the Melrose-Mindoro School District is asking voters
this November a very big question.
To consider building a united campus out here, which
would consist of pre-K through sixth grade building,
as well as our 7th and 8th grade students out here,
and doing some remodeling to our existing high school.
The project would cost roughly 24 million dollars.
but school officials say.
it is necessary.
We need to make some upgrades to our energy, to our
restrooms, our secured entrances, and we are also
having some space issues in both elementary buildings
that we would like to have additional space serve
Whether it's for building improvements or retaining
education experts say tight state budgets are causing
schools to turn to referedums more often in the last
3 to 6 years.
As the per pupil increases and the revenue limit changes
have not kept up with inflation, more school districts
are finding it difficult to provide the services they
want to provide - they need to provide for student's
education, to make sure they are career and college
Experts say roughly 80 percent of referedums passed
in the state recently.
but even that percentage can cause problems in school
It leaves a situation, as Dr.
Evers has mentioned before in some of his comments
about the haves and have nots.
That's why come November.
Melrose-Mindoro is hoping the referedum will help
even the playing field so their rural district can
remain competitive with other school disctricts.
We are in competition now with open enrollment, and
the voucher schools, and the neighboring districts.
Now we are asking our voters their imput, what's the
best way to invest their dollar going forward.
In La Crosse County, EJ, N8.
The school says the impact to taxpayers would be roughly
215 dollars per 100-thousand dollars of property value
But they say the new facilites would be more energy
which would save money in the long-run.
The Melrose-Mindoro School Disctric will be holding
listening sessions if you would like more information.
The first is October 11th at 7 P-M at Melrose Elementary
and Junior high.
As well as October 26th at the same time.
at Mindoro Elementary.